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Training for Fisher-folk


The Caribbean Fisheries Training and Development Institute provides training for personnel involved in the fishing industry and the merchant marine sector. Courses for fishing vessel personnel include: Fishing Gear Technology and Fishing Methods, Outboard Engine Maintenance and Repair, Fibre Glass Reinforced Plastic Technology, Net Mending, Basic Navigation and Sea Survival Techniques.

Seafood Processing Technology training is also offered.  Courses include: Fin Fish Handling and Processing, Salt Curing and Drying of Fish, Smoking of Fish, Shellfish Handling and Processing, Fish and Shellfish Marinades, Quality Control Procedures for Fresh, Frozen and Cured Fish Products, Quality Assurance in Fish and Fishery Products, Fish Inspection, Utilisation of Fish in Salads, Fish Handling for Vessel Operators and Merchandising of Fish.

Courses for the merchant marine sector include: Seaman Class IV Training, Engineering Rating Category II, Certificate of Proficiency in Survival Craft, Efficient Deckhand, Advanced Fire Fighting, Basic and Advanced First Aid, Coastal Navigation, Boat Master Category III and II, Emergency Crowd Management and Control on Board Passenger Vessels and Ship and Port Security. Shipping Regulations require that all personnel on marine vessels be certified (Basic Safety Training or Seaman Class IV certification) and must be able to present a training certificate from an approved maritime institute.

The Caribbean Fisheries Training and Development Institute also conducts adult literacy training.




Am I eligible?

For Fishing Vessel Personnel and Merchant Marine courses, applicants must be:       

  • A minimum of 16 years of age.
  • Medically fit with good eyesight.
  • Able to read and write.

 For Seafood Technology courses, applicants must:

  • Be medically fit.
  • Be in possession of a valid Food Handler's Badge.
  • Have completed the Fin Fish Handling and Processing course, which is a pre-requisite for all other courses.

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How do I apply?

Before applying for training, check the semester course schedule for information about the courses currently being offered.  Course schedules can be obtained by following the link at the bottom of this section.
 
To apply for Fisheries Courses, an application form must be completed and submitted to:
 
   Caribbean Fisheries Training Division
   1st Avenue South
   Chaguaramas
   Trinidad, West Indies
   Tel/Fax. (868) 634-1635/1865
   Email: cftdi@tstt.net.tt
   Registration Clerk office hours:  8:00 am and 3:45 pm, Monday to Friday, except public holidays 
 

Application forms can be obtained online by following the link below, or from the Caribbean Fisheries Training Institute.

Fisher-folk Training Course Schedule and Application Forms

 
To apply for Merchant Marine courses, contact:
 
   Maritime Services Division
   ANSA Building
   Corner of Queen and Henry Streets
   Port of Spain
   Trinidad, West Indies
   Tel. (868) 625-3804
   Opening hours: 8:00 am to 4:00 pm, Monday to Friday, except public holidays
 
Any course requirements you have to meet will be determined by the course in which you are registered.

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When should I apply?

Applications should normally be received at least two weeks before the start of a training course.

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What documents do I need?

You will need to present a valid form of identification such as a Passport, National Identification Card or Driver's Permit at the time of application.

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What fees do I need to pay?

Any course fees you have to pay will be determined by the course for which you register. Information on fees can be obtained from:
 
Caribbean Fisheries Training Division
1st Avenue South
Chaguaramas
Trinidad, West Indies
Tel. (868) 634-1635/1865
Email: cftdi@tstt.net.tt
Opening hours: 8:00 am to 4:00 pm, Monday to Friday, except public holidays

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Where can I find more information?

For more information on training available for the fishing industry, please contact the Fisheries Extension Office at Tel. (868) 623-8525/6028 or visit the website of the Ministry of Food Production, Land and Marine Affairs .
Ministry of Food Production, Land and Marine Affairs Website

Additional information for merchant marine courses can be obtained from the Maritime Services Division at Tel. (868) 625-3804.

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